The Afghans people surveyed were optimistic and positive about their lives in Australia — and felt welcome in their communities.
Deobandi Islam, the religious school that the Taliban draw their ideology from, was set up in 19th century India to educate Muslim youth.
Vague promises to rescue certain groups of people are causing confusion.
Pakistan covertly backed the Taliban in Afghanistan for years. But if the Taliban fail to ensure stability now, it could trigger another wave of refugees into Pakistan or more insurgent attacks.
There are many different understandings of shariah law in the Muslim world – the Taliban’s is a particularly hard-line one that is unlikely to change radically.
One province is holding out against Taliban rule.
The U.S. military collected biometric data on Afghan civilians. The information may have fallen into the hands of the Taliban, highlighting why collecting the data is too risky in the first place.
The US, Nato and the EU must support stability on the ground, even if it’s not the type of stability they wanted.
Don’t be misled by the scenes from Kabul airport. Most Afghan refugees don’t leave in an airplane and few will settle in the United States.
Since the 1970s, Australian immigration policy has changed dramatically, meaning Afghan refugees face far greater hurdles than those who fled Saigon after the Vietnam War.
The Afghan military’s collapse was the collective result of individual soldiers making rational decisions based on what they expected their comrades to do.
Culture change has been slow and difficult but the will to make life better for Afghan women was there. Now a big question mark hangs over their future.
New Zealand has an ethical obligation to acknowledge its role in creating the crisis in Afghanistan and to increase its refugee intake to save as many as possible.
Lazy platitudes about Australian moral and military exceptionalism were put to the test in Afghanistan, and found wanting.
The Taliban’s recent conquest of Kabul signifies their seizure of power. This threatens the rights of girls, women and sexual minorities to freedom from harm and access to opportunities.
Hanif Sufizada got caught in Kabul as the Taliban took over. A scholar and resident of the US who works at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Sufizada describes his experience trying to leave.
The group has long standing ties with terror groups – but it also wants political legitimacy.
It may be attractive to think that promoting democracy in occupied foreign countries is an appropriate moral and effective path for restoring security and stability. But it’s not accurate.
Scott Morrison has said Afghans in Australia on temporary protection visas who came by boat will not be offered permanent residence.
Word from The Hill: Was the Afghanistan War worth it?
Michelle Grattan discusses politics with politics + society editor, Amanda Dunn